Back in 2013, Kevin Durant was a 24-year-old scoring machine who had just finished another All-Star season for a 60-win Thunder team. Oklahoma City entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, looking to avenge a 4-1 series loss in the previous year’s NBA Finals to LeBron James’ Heat crew.
Unfortunately for Durant, an injury to Russell Westbrook in the Thunder’s first-round series derailed any hopes of a finals rematch. Durant carried OKC past the Rockets only to fall in the Western Conference semifinals to the Grizzlies. James captured his second title with the Heat, and Durant came up short yet again.
After the Warriors took a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 132-113 win in Game 2, James once again faced the music inside the Cavs locker room. (ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports James had been frustrated after being forced to wait for his turn at the podium, so he passed this time.) It would be misleading to say James was surly or unpleasant with media, but he didn’t have much patience for silly questions.
One reporter asked, LeBron, do you just feel this is a case where you just have to defend home court at this point?
Yes, that was the whole thing, and it resulted in a beautiful exchange, which you can watch by moving to the 34-second mark in the video below. James took a page out of Gregg Popovich’s book by making the reporter wish he had never opened his mouth.